Digitizing Apalachee: Apalachee-Spanish Mission Archaeology Document Collection

Material Description

The Digitizing Apalachee project includes documentation of archaeological excavations and laboratory analysis of three Apalachee-Spanish Mission sites in La Florida. These materials were generated by FSU Anthropology Associate Professor Dr. Rochelle Marrinan and dozens of undergraduate and graduate students between 1984 and 2015. Marrinan conducted research and taught archaeological field schools at the Patale Mission Site (8Le152) from 1984-1995 and one season in 2000; O’Connell Mission Site (8Le157) from 1995 to 2000; and the Castro Site (8Le151) from 2000 to 2002. Artifact analysis continued until 2015. The archaeology of these sites documents the interactions of the Apalachees, a Native American group indigenous to the Tallahassee area of Florida, Franciscan friars sent to convert the Apalachees to Catholicism, and other Spaniards (administrators, soldiers, merchants) that were involved in these interactions between the years 1633 and 1704. The source materials to be digitized as part of this project include maps, 35mm slides and photographs, field notes, and excavation and analysis paperwork.

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Florida State University


Dr. Tanya Peres
Florida State University

Dr. Rochelle Marrinan
Florida State University

Ms. Krystal Thomas
Florida State University

Date Range

1984 - 1984

Geographic Scope

Collections relate to the Apalachee Province, which is currently Tallahassee, Florida and the surrounding region.


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